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Dr Kate Watson

Kate Watson

Dr Kate Watson received her PhD in English Literature (2010) at Cardiff University. Her research and teaching interests are crime fiction, nineteenth-century literature, contemporary literature, women’s writing, children’s literature, and comparative literary studies. She is also interested in digital storytelling and other forms of cultural iconography and inscription such as tattoos.

Her book publications include Women Writing Crime Fiction, 1860-1880: Fourteen American, British and Australian Authors (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2012) and A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism: Crime and Detective Fiction (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2015).

Her most recent peer-reviewed book chapters and journal articles include:

‘Family Discord: Challenging the Choreography of Crime Fiction in P.D. James’s An Unsuitable Job for a Woman.’ EJES: The European Journal of English Studies Special Edition: 14.2: Crime Narratives: Crossing Cultures and Disciplines (2010) ed. Heather Worthington and Maurizio Ascari. Also available and republished (2014) in Taylor & Francis, Crime Fiction: A Free Online Collection.

‘The Hounds of Fortune: Dog Detection in the Nineteenth Century.’ (Clues: A Journal of Detection, 29.1 (2011)) ‘Engendering Violence: Textual and Sexual Torture in Val McDermid’s The Mermaids Singing‘, in Constructing Crime: Discourse and Cultural Representations of Crime and ‘Deviance’, ed. Christiana Gregoriou (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012)

‘The Crime Thriller in Context’, in Critical Insights: The American Thriller, ed. Gary Hoppenstand (Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2014)

‘Mapping the Mark: Tattoos, Crime Fiction, and Gendered Cartographies’, in New Perspectives on Detective Fiction: Mystery, Magnified ed. Casey Cothran and Mercy Cannon (Oxford and New York: Routledge. Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature Series. Forthcoming 2015)

‘Ngaio Marsh’, in 100 British Crime Writers, ed. Esme Miskimmin (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015)

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Twitter: @dr_katewatson